Which Cat Flap is Best for You?

With cat flaps, it’s always best to do some research into what type is best for your needs. Your cat is a part of your family, and a cat flap gives you the ability to choose when they can come and go. This helps you to keep better track of when you would like your cat to be able to roam. We have assembled a quick guide to help you choose between the different types of cat flaps that are available on the market today.

There are 3 main types of cat flaps for you to choose from. These being simple locking cat flaps, magnetic cat flaps, and microchipped cat flaps. Here we will explore the pro’s and con’s to each type.

Locking Cat Flaps

Overview

This type of cat flap is very simple. It is the traditional form of cat flap, that consists of a small cat-sized door, fitted with a manual lock that allows you to choose when the door will open and close. This type of cat flap will contain a key with the product that will allow you to manually lock and unlock the cat flap. This will give you piece of mind that your cat will only be able to come and go when you unlock the door.

Pro’s

  • Cheapest form of cat flap
  • Simple to operate (lock and unlock with a key)
  • You are in control of when your cat can enter and exit

Con’s

  • Other cats will be able to use the door
  • The door will have to be manually locked and unlocked

Magnetic Cat Flaps

Overview

More advanced than a standard locking cat flap. Magnetic Cat Flaps will automatically activate when they detect the presence of a magnet. This magnet will be placed in the collar of your cat, allowing them to come and go as they please. Of course, you will still be able to lock the cat flap manually, again giving you control over when you cat can enter and exit your home.

Pro’s

  • Does not allow other cats to enter your home
  • Inexpensive
  • Allows manual locking, as well as magnetic (giving you more control)
  • Multiple cats can wear a collar that will open the cat flap

Con’s

  • Will not operate if your cat does not have a collar, or has lost it

Microchipped Cat Flaps

Overview

The most advanced form of cat flap out of the three. A microchipped cat flap will read the microchip of your cat whenever they leave or enter your home. This allows the cat to come and go, even if they do not have a collar, or have lost it. Your cats microchip can be easily paired with the cat flap upon installation, and will work with more than one cat. Our glaziers will be happy to assist you with pairing if you are not sure how.

Pro’s

  • Does not allow other cats to enter your home
  • Allows manual locking, as well as using a microchip (giving you more control)
  • Multiple cats microchips can be paired with the cat flap

Con’s

  • Tend to be more expensive when compared with the alternatives

2 Way, and 4 Way Locking Explained

There is a slight different between cat flaps, no matter what type you purchase. On the market, there are many cat flaps that are listed as being either 2 way, or 4 way locking.  A 2 way locking cat flap means that you can either have the door locked, or unlocked. A 4 way locking cat flap means that you can have the door locked, unlocked, allow only entry, and allow only exit.

Contact Us

Our glaziers are on hand to assist you in choosing and fitting a cat flap into your home. If you would like more information, or a free quotation, please call us on 0800 193 2477, email us via the form on our ‘Contact Us‘ page, or find out more about our cat flap services on our ‘Cat Flap Fitting‘ page.